Emerging Europe Talks is a series of discussions offering insight and intelligence designed to help entrepreneurs, investors, governments and all knowledge-seekers navigate emerging Europe. The talks focus on innovation and technology, sustainable social and economic growth, and help the right people identify the right opportunities and trends.
The series is delivered by Emerging Europe, a London-based intelligence, community and news platform whose mission is to foster the social, economic and democratic development of 23 countries in Central, Eastern, South-East and North-East Europe.
#29 #EETalks Prosperity — Innovation in Central Asia with Bruno Balvanera
Innovation and digitalisation mean open, transparent and convenient opportunities for citizens and business.
While 59.5 per cent of the global population are active internet users, Central Asia is one of the least digitally connected regions in the world. However, national governments, particularly in Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan, have lofty digital ambitions. That process is enhanced by young entrepreneurs with creative ideas that offer various solutions and a large consumer market of some 75 million people.
Bruno Balvanera, a non-executive independent director of the supervisory board of Asakabank in Uzbekistan, a former managing director for Central Asia at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and an advisory board member at Tech Emerging Europe Advocates, speaks with Andrew Wrobel and shares his views on social and economic development in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan, the five countries included in the Tech Emerging Europe Advocates community, as well as how investment can drive innovation, entrepreneurship and digitalisation in the region.
#28 #EETalks Prosperity — Entrepreneurship in Montenegro with Uroš Bulatović
Travel is what usually comes to mind when thinking about Montenegro, and it's no wonder.
In 2019, before the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic, some three million tourists arrived in the country, which has a population of less than 650,000: the tourism sector accounts for almost a quarter of Montenegro’s GDP.
Beyond tourism, however, the country also boasts a thriving entrepreneurial scene with an increasing pool of young and creative talent.
Uroš Bulatović, the founder and president of the Union of Young Entrepreneurs of Montenegro, speaks with Andrew Wrobel about some of those creative young Montenegrin entrepreneurs, the opportunities the country offers, and the challenges it faces.
#27 #EETalks Partnership — CEE and South Korea with Yonho Kim
South Korea is one of the four Asian Tigers, which have steadily retained a high rate of economic growth since the 1960s.
It started as an agriculture-based country and is now the world’s 12th largest economy, its GDP worth 1,619 billion US dollars. The value of the country’s technology exports has grown more than 20 times since the beginning of the millennium to reach 13.8 billion US dollars.
Yonho Kim, associate research professor of practice and associate director of the Institute for Korean Studies at the George Washington University, speaks with Andrew Wrobel about the drivers of the country’s transformation, its current challenges, geopolitical ambitions and the potential of its collaboration with emerging Europe and the wider European Union.
The discussion is part of the Emerging Europe and the Asian Tigers: Towards 2030 programme, in partnership with Money Today, South Korea’s leading business media platform, and the K.E.Y Platform conference scheduled to take place on April 29, 2021.
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#26 #EETalks People — Digital Habits with Monika Czerwonka
Two in five Europeans feel that digital technologies are spreading too quickly, while nearly the same amount (39 per cent) say that the pace of change is overwhelming, according to a recent survey by eToro.
Despite the relatively low level of digital penetration, Poland values digital technologies more highly than any of the other nine countries, while Romania’s support for increased digitalisation across various sectors is second only to Poland.
Monika Czerwonka, a professor at the Warsaw School of Economics and an expert in behavioural finance with specific interest in cognitive reflection test and experimental finance, speaks with Andrew Wrobel about how the Covid pandemic has impacted the way we make use of services, shop, invest and spend and what digital skills we will need in the future.
#25 #EETalks Partnership — France and CEE with Romain Le Quiniou
French President Emmanuel Macron doesn't have a good track record of collaboration with the emerging Europe region.
In 2017, he said that Poland, where a nationalist, eurosceptic government took office in 2015, was moving in the opposite direction to Europe on numerous issues and would not be able to dictate the path of Europe’s future. He annoyed governments in the region when he pledged to take steps to counter “social dumping” in France in which companies employ cheaper labour from the poorer eastern European states, threatening French workers’ jobs, during a debate about the EU posted workers directive. In 2019, Macron’s desire for a strategic reset in relations with Russia caused further rancour in the region.
What went wrong between France and emerging Europe? Is France losing ground in the region?
Romain Le Quiniou, managing director at Euro Créative, a French think tank focused on the emerging Europe region and a fellow at WISE Europa, speaks to Andrew Wrobel about the need to trigger a debate about future relations between the region and France and the need to raise awareness about opportunities in the region.
He also discusses the cliches and stereotypes French people have about what they call New Europe, as those that Eastern Europeans have about France.
#24 #EETalks Prosperity — IT Landscape with Oleksii Toporkov
The emerging Europe region’s IT sector has in recent years garnered a reputation for producing high-value services through the use of a talented, skilled labour force, operating at consistently high rates of productivity.
Indeed, the sector has become key to the development of national economies across the region.
However, the countries of emerging Europe are not particularly well integrated - either politically or economically. It has been quite the challenge to look beyond the large IT powerhouses of Ukraine, Poland, Belarus and Romania to understand the full potential of the industry across the region.
Emerging Europe recently took up that challenge and is currently putting together a comprehensive IT landscape report, the first-ever survey of the IT sector across the entire region.
Oleksii Toporkov, a research analyst at Emerging Europe, speaks to Andrew Wrobel about the report's methodology and some of the findings, including the IT Competitiveness Index which will be included in the report, due to be released on February 25, 2021.